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U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker speak during a press conference Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, organized by the Environmental Protection Agency at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District facility in Vicksburg, Miss. (Tim Reeves/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

Mississippi pump project gets go-ahead, but needs funding

Jan. 15, 2021 6:18 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday gave the green light to long-debated flood control project in Mississippi. But the project still needs federal funding, and the start of construction could be years away — if it happens at all. Conservation groups sued the...

Paralympian Melissa Stockwell named to Olympic panel

Dec. 29, 2020 7:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paralympian Melissa Stockwell and University of Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens are among the picks for a Congressional committee tasked with studying possible reforms in America's Olympic system. Also chosen by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, who announced the picks Tuesday, were...

FILE - in this July 28, 2009, file photo, Norm Bellingham, an Olympic gold medalist in kayaking and chief operating officer of the USOC, speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Gold medalist and former Olympic executive Bellingham and Olympian Eli Bremer have been named to a congressional committee to study possible reforms in America’s Olympic system. (AP Photo/File)

Olympian Bellingham recommended for congressional panel

Dec. 19, 2020 9:09 AM EST

Gold medalist and former Olympic executive Norm Bellingham and Olympian Eli Bremer have been recommended for a congressional committee to study possible reforms in America's Olympic system. Also chosen for the panel by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado, were athlete agent Peter Carlisle and former Defense Department...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, a United Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplane takes off in the rain at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. Boeing improperly influenced a test designed to see how quickly pilots could respond to malfunctions on the Boeing 737 Max, and Federal Aviation Administration officials may have obstructed a review of two deadly crashes involving the plane, Senate investigators say. In a report released Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 the Senate Commerce Committee also said the FAA continues to retaliate against whistleblowers.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Senate investigators fault FAA over Boeing jet, safety

Dec. 18, 2020 8:26 PM EST

Boeing improperly influenced a test designed to see how quickly pilots could respond to malfunctions on the Boeing 737 Max, and Federal Aviation Administration officials may have obstructed a review of two deadly crashes involving the plane, Senate investigators say. In a report released Friday, the Senate...

FILE - Then-Democratic presidential candidate Corey booker speaks during the National Urban League Conference  in Indianapolis, in this Thursday, July 25, 2019, file photo. A bill being introduced Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, by four Democratic lawmakers would grant college athletes sweeping rights to compensation, including a share of the revenue generated by their sports, and create a federal commission on college athletics. The College Athletes Bill of Rights is sponsored by U.S. Senators Corey Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). If passed it could wreak havoc with the NCAA's ability to govern intercollegiate athletics, and the association's model for amateurism.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Booker, Democratic lawmakers introduce NCAA reform bill

Dec. 17, 2020 6:59 PM EST

A bill introduced Thursday by four Democratic lawmakers would grant college athletes sweeping rights to compensation, including a share of the revenue generated by their sports, and create a federal commission to oversee college athletics. The College Athletes Bill of Rights is sponsored by Sens. Cory Booker...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020 photo, The Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

High court agrees to hear NCAA athlete compensation case

Dec. 16, 2020 12:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in more than three decades, the Supreme Court will hear a case involving the NCAA and what it means to be a college athlete. The high court on Wednesday agreed to review a court decision in an antitrust lawsuit the NCAA has said blurred “the line between...

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 1955 file photo, Medgar Evers, state secretary for the NAACP poses for a photo in Jackson, Miss. The historic home of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers is now a national monument, the U.S. interior secretary and members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation announced Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. The designation for the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home was required by a law President Donald Trump signed in March 2019. (AP Photo/File)

Home of civil rights icon Evers named as a national monument

Dec. 10, 2020 5:31 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The historic home of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers is now a national monument, the U.S. interior secretary and members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation announced Thursday. The designation for the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home was required by a law President...

EPA says flood control project not subject to previous veto

Dec. 5, 2020 10:04 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not object to a revised proposal for a massive flood-control project to pump water from parts of the Mississippi Delta, a regional administrator for the agency says. That's significant because the EPA vetoed the Yazoo Backwater Project in...

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Congress swats back Trump's veto threat of defense bill

Dec. 2, 2020 6:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing out his relationship with Congress with one more power jab, threatening to veto a hugely popular defense bill unless lawmakers clamp down on big tech companies he claims were biased against him during the election. Trump is demanding that Congress repeal...